I miss pre-season hockey at home. I understand the team-building rationale, but it kind of stings that the Crunch raised our season tickets this year, we don’t get the free home pre-season tickets we used to anymore, AND we’re losing a home game in Syracuse because of the Crunch’s participation in the AHL Showcase. Yeah, we’re getting offered a free bus ride or a free extra ticket to compensate for the “missed” game, but there are several problems with this. Who wants to drive to DC and back on a bus in the same day? Even if you’re willing, most people can’t get back that late on a Sunday and still make it to work Monday, and/or can’t take the time from work for either day to be able to make the trip. A free bus ride is all right, I guess, but then we have to pay for a ticket that was supposed to be included in our newly priced packages once we get there.
As far as the second compensation choice goes, choosing a free extra ticket to a Crunch game doesn’t benefit most season ticket holders at all, as most of us go with other season ticket holders. In general, I’d assume that most of us don’t buy tickets for other people without getting payment from them somehow in exchange. Honestly, in the 9 years of games I’ve attended, the amount of tickets I’ve bought for other people without them paying for them comes to a grand total of two. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of us are in that boat. I’d rather get a merchandise credit or a food credit than a free ticket, because at least I can spend the money on myself and not just give it away for free to someone else. I did pay for that ticket, after all.
So, yeah, I’m pretty much grumpy grapes on this one. They’re small grapes, but they’re still pretty grumpy.
Anyway, from the team’s official release:
The Syracuse Crunch will travel to Newfoundland to face the St. John’s IceCaps to defend their Mary Brown Cup title in three preseason contests, Crunch General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today.
This will mark the second season the Crunch will travel to Newfoundland to participate in the Mary Brown Cup. The Crunch captured the Mary Brown Cup with a three-game sweep during the 2012-13 preseason. Two of the three preseason games will be played in St. John’s, with the third in nearby Clarenville. The complete schedule of games is as follows:
Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. – Mile One Centre
Saturday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m. – Clarenville Events Centre
Sunday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m. – Mile One Centre
(All times listed are Eastern)